Miriam Kirmayer is a PhD Candidate in clinical psychology at McGill University as well as a therapist and pre-doctoral intern with Connecte Montreal Psychology Group. Her research centers on emerging adults’ friendships, social competence, and anxiety and depression. She has also conducted and published research on youths' prosocial and antisocial behaviour, including lie-telling, aggression, and bullying.
Miriam has completed clinical training with outpatient hospital services and private mental health clinics, including the Centre for Child Development and Mental Health and Youth Service at the Jewish General Hospital, as well as the Emotional Health Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex. She specializes in providing assessments and therapy to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and relationship difficulties. She is also completing advanced training at the Sex and Couples Therapy Service at the Allan Memorial Institute.
Although her therapeutic approach is grounded in CBT, Miriam draws from other modalities, including process-oriented and mindfulness-based approaches, to better understand her clients’ difficulties and help them achieve their goals. She also uses her background in interpersonal relationships and effective social skills to help her clients navigate the important relationships and transitional periods in their lives. Finally, Miriam is passionate about knowledge translation and has given lectures and workshops to ensure that evidence-based practices for managing stress and interpersonal relationships are accessible to the community.
In her free time, Miriam enjoys reading, watching movies and reality television (guilty), cooking, being outdoors, and dreaming about her next travel adventure. She also loves meeting new people and spending time with her family and friends.